About Our Bees

About Our Bees

Over the years, bees have gotten a bad rap. A few stings here and there, a few hysterical news reports about killer swarms moving to your town, a few scary B-movies (excuse the pun), and pretty soon, nobody likes a bee. At Hummer and Son Honey, bees are members of the family. Our bees are gentle, hardworking little guys, just trying to please the Queen. ‘Cuz as we all know, if the queen ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Hummer and Son harvests honey twice each year. The spring harvest lasts from the middle of March through mid-June, producing honey from clover, willow, and harry vetch wildflowers. Between 30,000 and 50,000 Louisiana bees work to make the spring honeys, which are light in color and strong in sweetness. Our second harvest occurs from mid-June to September, with 100,000 to 150,000 bees producing darker honeys from ratan, woods, vetch, sunflower, astor, and goldenrod wildflowers.

Louisiana bee colonies produce an average of 115 pounds of honey each. Hummer and Son currently maintains approximately 500 colonies in Caddo, Bossier and Red River parishes, and we plan to expand during the upcoming season, adding an additional 250 colonies. As our family grows, so does our ability to get pure, 100% single-source Louisiana honey to you.